Posts Tagged “Italy”

Italian church launches Welcome Manifesto

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Italian church launches Welcome Manifesto

The board of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI) recently launched a Welcome Manifesto [view in translation] that says ‘no’ to xenophobia and describes every form of racism as a theological heresy. FCEI President Luca Maria Negro spoke about what had triggered the development and launch of the principles. “For months we have heard…

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Report on a CTBI return trip to Italy

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Report on a CTBI return trip to Italy

CTBI’s Christine Elliott visited Italy with Bala Gnanapragasam (who is now vice president of the Methodist Church in Britain) between 17 and 21 April 2018. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But, conscience asks the question, is it right? Martin…

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Meet Luca Maria Negro

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Meet Luca Maria Negro

CTBI’s Christine Elliott recently returned from a fact-finding visit to projects in Rome. Over the coming week’s she’ll be blogging about her encounters. Meet Luca Maria Negro, the President of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI). The FCEI set up the work of Mediterranean Hope in 2013 following the ghastly situation on 3…

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“Human life has no value there”

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“Human life has no value there”

Damian Jackson is programme officer for the Irish Council of Churches and co-led the recent CTBI delegation to visit refugee projects in Italy. He wrote the lead article for this week’s Church of Ireland Gazette. An abbreviated version of his article is reproduced below. “Human life has no value there.” Emmanuel was telling me of his…

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Reflections from CTBI group who visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa & Sicily

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Reflections from CTBI group who visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa & Sicily

A short video captures reflections of some of the group who spent time with Mediterranean Hope projects in Lampedusa and Sicily in April 2017. The visit was organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.  You can read more about the visit on this Focus on Refugees website.

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“Media silence has to stop”

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“Media silence has to stop”

Jake Convery is a United Reformed Church Youth Assembly representative to its General Assembly and its Mission Council as well as organist at Congleton URC and director of music at Saint Andrew’s URC, Hampstead. He was part of the ecumenical delegation that visited refugee projects in Sicily and Lampedusa earlier this month. On his blog…

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I felt different … something had changed in my life

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I felt different … something had changed in my life

Bartłomiej Bozek is a member of the Chemin Neuf Community and travelled to Italy to visit Mediterranean Hope projects in April with the delegation of young men organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. – – – When I returned from Italy to Storrington on Saturday evening I felt different. It was as if…

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Pilgrimage: My heart won’t be the same …

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Pilgrimage: My heart won’t be the same …

Bartłomiej Bozek is a member of the Chemin Neuf Community and travelled to Italy to visit Mediterranean Hope projects in April with the delegation of young men organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. – – – For me our Italian trip was like a pilgrimage. A pilgrimage to the profound wounds of humanity….

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CTBI delegation from Britain and Ireland to visit Italian refugee projects

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CTBI delegation from Britain and Ireland to visit Italian refugee projects

Between Monday 3 and Saturday 8 April, seven young men from churches across Britain and Ireland will visit Italy to hear first hand testimony from refugees and staff in camps and support projects on the islands of Sicily and Lampedusa. The fact-finding trip is organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) and follows…

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Humanitarian Corridor opens from Lebanon to France, building on Italian pilot

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Humanitarian Corridor opens from Lebanon to France, building on Italian pilot

An agreement has now been signed to open a humanitarian corridor from Lebanon to France. Last month, an Italian humanitarian corridor pilot project which has brought approximately 700 Syrian refugees safely and legally from Lebanon to Italy celebrated its first anniversary. Pastor Luca Maria Negro is President of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy…

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